These scholarships will allow them to study in Europe for one or two years and obtain a Master's degree from one of the 103 top-quality Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses offered by consortia of European higher education institutions.
This latest selection completes the first phase (2004-2008) of Erasmus Mundus, the EU's program with the aim of enhancing the quality of EU higher education through continuous worldwide dialogue and cooperation with third countries. In total, more than 6,000 students will have received an Erasmus Mundus scholarship to obtain a degree in Europe over the five-year period.
Over the same period (2004-2008), more than 1,000 teaching staff from third countries have been given an Erasmus Mundus scholarship to actively contribute to masters courses in teaching or research activities.
The second phase of Erasmus Mundus (2009-2013) is expected to start with a planned total budget of Euros 950 million. Its main new features are the inclusion of joint doctoral programs, increased scholarships for EU students and an intensified structural cooperation with third-country higher education institutions.